…As Smartphone Adoption, Video Consumption Increases Mobile Data Traffic
As continuous smartphone adoption and video consumption drive up mobile data traffic, it has been forecasted that the global monthly average data usage per smartphone is expected to surpass 15GB in 2022.
The prediction contained in the latest edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report also disclosed that 5G accounted for about 10 per cent of the mobile data traffic in 2021.
It further said, “Traffic growth can be highly volatile between years and can vary significantly between countries, depending on local market dynamics.
Globally, the growth in mobile data traffic per smartphone can be attributed to three main drivers: improved device capabilities, an increase in data-intensive content, and growth in data consumption due to continued improvements in the performance of deployed networks, the report stated.
According to the report, Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) will account for 20 per cent of all mobile data network traffic by the end of 2022, with 60 per cent of global mobile network data traffic expected to be over 5G networks by 2027.
The report also predicts that current global 5G subscriptions will pass the one billion milestone by the end of 2022.
The recent statistics and forecasts highlight the strong demand data connectivity and digital services have, and are expected to have, despite the global Covid-19 pandemic and geopolitical uncertainties. Several hundred million people are becoming new mobile broadband subscribers every year.
The June 2022 Ericsson Mobility Report also verifies that 5G is scaling faster than all previous mobile technology generations. About a quarter of the world’s population currently has access to 5G coverage. Some 70 million 5G subscriptions were added during the first quarter of 2022 alone. By 2027, about three-quarters of the world’s population will be able to access 5G, according to the reposstted.
It added that over 650 5G smartphone models have now been launched, which accounts for 50 per cent of all 5G devices by form factor. It is even as more than 615 million units of 5G devices were shipped in 2021, which is more than double what was shipped in 2020.
It said, “Over 650 5G smartphone models have been launched, accounting for 50 percent of all 5G devices by form factor.
“5G device shipments more than doubled in 2021 over 2020 and surpassed 615 million units shipped. There is a greater focus on standalone (SA) enablement for smartphones including 3CC New Radio carrier aggregation. Global smartphone shipments rose 6 per cent in 2021 compared with 2020.
The report revealed that devices introduced so far in 2022 have shown improve capabilities, including carrier aggregation extended from two to three NR carriers for SA, NR dual connectivity for SA, and improved uplink capabilities.